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Thursday, 29 December 2011

Kundalini Yoga - What is it like? What is it all about?

Like most people I started doing Hatha Yoga which is the most well known and practiced form of Yoga in the West. I find it is really good for grounding and relaxation as well as keeping you flexable. I really only practice Kundalini Yoga these days which really couldnt be more different from what most people think Yoga is about.

Kundalini Yoga is believed to be the mother of all Yoga and the survival of a spiritual system from a previous golden age. Yoga really means 'union' and this form uses a variety of movements, positions, mantras, breathing techniques and mudras (hand positions). If you had asked me many years ago if I would be doing a form of Yoga which involved things like mantras I would have said no way! I highly reccomend people put any preconceived ideas they have about these things and Kundalini Yoga aside and just try it, thats what I did.

It is a highly energising experience which seems to really clear out the blockages to your energy body and physical body. There is focus on the Chakras with the exercises called 'Kriyas' and which glands they are helping. There are many different kriyas for different conditions or mental emotional issues that need healing. This system is like a medicine cabinate, allowing you to customise your Yoga practice for you and constantly change things so you dont get bored with the same routine or see a reduction in its benefits.

Physically there is more work involved, though many kriyas are done sitting or laying down and ive found I dont need much room or space to practice it at home unlike other forms of Yoga. You also may be surprised to learn that Kundalini Yoga is done with the eyes closed, focusing on the Third Eye Chakra.

Kundalini Yoga has helped many people with little or no spiritual interest, it is particularly good for the core muscles, spine, back, neck and stress, some positions are very strengthening to the arms too. For those of you who are more spiritual its even more powerful and suitable. I find that not only does it help clear out the Chakras, allowing energy to move more freely up the spine, through the body and aura, but it also helps with Ascension symptoms. The practice of Kundalini Yoga helps you litrally shake off old stagnant energies, it helps you better integrate the energies coming to the planet at this time. After a Kundalini Yoga session you will feel energised, limber and fully grounded in your body.

You end your practice by sending healing or positive energy to people you know and the whole planet! Learning in person is always best but not everyone has access to a Kundalini Yoga class so I would definatly reccomend trying a begginers Kundalini Yoga DVD by either Ana Brett and Ravi or by Maya Fiennes.



Some DVDs have a 'matrix option' which will let you customise the Yoga session. I would always make sure you start your sessions with a 'Tune in' then a 'warm up' before doing the Kriyas to get the full benefits and warm up the spine. Traditionally a meditation is done at the end before the closing prayer, though I have found this isnt essential for me as I find that every kriya is a moving meditation and the relaxation pose found in other forms of Yoga is always used towards the end of the set.



If you are a Lightworker, Indigo, Crystal, Blue Ray, Starseed you will really gain alot from doing this just a couple of times a week. If you dont like the sanskrit mantras which are only used in a few kriyas you can substitute them for their English translations, which are always given as its important to understand what your saying and why your saying it. The mantras are very empowering, non-dogmatic and universal. The most common one you will use in Kundalini Yoga is Sat Nam which means 'the truth is within'. Both Maya and Ana give life affirming, positive motivational encouragement duing their DVDs, it really is unlike the made for the masses Yoga which has become so popular.

Stop sticking with what your comfortable with, do something different and just try it!

Be well,
Ivan




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Thursday, 22 December 2011

Buddha Necklaces - Genuine Thai Temple Buddha Amulets & Gemstone Beads

Ive created a few original Buddha Necklaces for Merkaba Warrior and plan on doing more this year. I have taken my inspiration for these pieces from Mala Beads and Prayer Bead Necklaces, using authentic vintage Thai Buddha Amulets. In Thailand most Buddhist Temples create their own amulet, which people wear as a spiritual reminder and also for protection from evil spirits.

Most these amulets are made of clay or metals such as bronze or copper. They usualy display a seated Buddha on the front side though other designs can sometimes be found. The backs can have a variety of images and designs, many show a local Priest or Monk, some show the temple or shrine and others show astrological charts. All show the beautiful Thai letters.

Ive combined these authenic amulets with semi precious gemstone beads and keep my designs simple, most of them are unisex and will suit either a man or a woman. I energetically cleanse and activate all the vintage amulets before they are used in any of my jewellery. The amulet sits around the middle of the chest area, im currently using 23" total length. The beaded gemstone necklaces feel very solid and powerful to wear, they go well with simple clothing and really make a powerful statement. Each of the amulets I use so far are different so each necklace is original and unique.

Below are some photos of just some of the Buddha Necklaces ive made and how I cleanse the amulets. You can find similar designs and more at my Merkaba Warrior shop on Etsy, I ship worldwide. Just click the banner or links at the bottom of this blog post.

Enjoy,
Ivan ॐ




Buddha Necklace - Thai Buddha Amulet & Dragons Eye beads (Red Tiger Eye)


Vintage Thai Temple Buddha Amulet



Buddha Necklace - Thai Buddhist Amulet & Golden Tigers Eye Beads


 
 
Old Thai Buddha Amulet Medal


Beaded Buddha Necklace - Vintage Thai Amulet & Picasso Jasper Beads




Buddha Necklace - Old Thai Temple Buddha Amulet & Tiger Eye Beads



Thai Amulets being cleansed and charged in my Copper Pyramid






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Friday, 9 December 2011

Yoga Jewelry - Spiritual Mala Bracelets and Meditation Jewelry for the Yoga Lifestyle

Much of the jewellery I design is influenced by Yoga philosophy and lifestyle. I started doing Yoga a few years ago and I experimented by wearing different crystals during my Yoga practice to see what happened. I found that wearing stones, especially as bracelets did enhance and support my Yoga experience. As prana or life force energy is circulated more freely during and following Yoga it made sense to me that semi precious stones properties would be magnified during these times.

Some people do wear necklaces during Yoga practice though they can get in the way, my Yoga Necklaces are best worn after practice or during meditations. Choosing the type of stone you wish to wear during Yoga is very personal, you may have particular properties you wish to work with in your life in general or select stones which suit your style or motive for Yoga. You may want calming relaxing stones, grounding or anti stress crystals, others may want spiritual connection or kundalini activation, it’s up to you. It’s good to have a few yoga bracelets for different uses.

Other people wear these pieces to express their spiritual interests and say a little about who they are. Much of my spiritual energy jewellery has personal meaning for people. Here is a selection of just some of my Yoga insired jewellery, you can find more and see more pictures of these at my Merkaba Warrior shop on Etsy. Just click the links or banner at the bottom of this article.

Enjoy,
Ivan 


Buddha Head Bracelet - Mahogany Obsidian, aromatic Sandalwood
Mala Bead & Bronze Buddha head bead


Om Charm Bracelet - Aqua Terra Jasper, Freshwater Pearl & Thai Silver Om


Antique Chinese Coin Necklace - Smoky Quartz beads & Bronze


Buddha Bracelet - Blue Lace Agate, Genuine Vintage Pearls & Thai Buddha
charm replica

Om Bracelet - Serpentine, Hematite & Silver Plated Om Charm

Mala Bead Bracelet - Tiger Ebony & Silver capped Garnet Guru bead

Yoga Bracelets - New Jade & Silver Lotus Charm, Aqua Terra Jasper
& Pearl Om Charm


Yoga Necklace - Handmade from Blessed Vintage Thai Temple Buddha
Amulet & Dragons Eye beads


Handmade Silver Lotus Necklace with New Jade Wire Wrapped Bead Charm


Jade Lotus Bracelet - New Jade Beads & Thai Fine Silver lotus charm


Buddha Bracelet - Blue Sodalite beads & Thai Buddha Charm replica



Buddha Head Bracelet - Norwegian Black Moonstone & Silver Plated
Buddha Head Bead



Yoga Bracelet Set - Coconut Palmwood Silver Capped Agate Guru Bead.
Comes with a Cherry Wood Mala Bead Bracelet


Lotus Bracelet - Genuine Sugilite, Lotus Seed Mala beads
& Fine Silver lotus charm




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Om Bracelets - Beaded Bracelets with the Sanskrit Om symbol

These are a selection of some of my semi precious stone Merkaba Warrior bracelets which incorporate the Om symbol into their design. Om or Ohm is formed by ancient Sanskrit letters to represent the sound which created and maintains the Universe. The symbol is important to both Hindu and Buddhist spirituality, you will notice it is often part of mantras, used in meditations and in some Yoga traditions.

In my spiritual jewelley I use the symbol to also to represent all of creation, help remove distraction from your spiritual path and maintain emotional calmness.

Enjoy,
Ivan ॐ


Om Charm Bracelet - Aqua Terra Jasper, Freshwater Pearl & Handmade
Fine Silver Om
Mens Beaded Om Bracelet - Bronzite & Engraved Om Sandalwood Mala Bead
Mens Om Bracelet - Black Lava Rock and Handmade Fine Silver Om Charm
Mens Om Charm Bracelet - Serpentine, Hematite & Silver Plated Om
Om Bracelet - Black Moonstone, Herkimer Diamond
& Silver Plated Om Charm






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Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Buddha Head Bracelets for Men - Beaded Spiritual, Meditation & Yoga Jewelry

Ive created several  Buddha Head Bracelets for the Merkaba Warrior range. The beads are top quality, beautifully detailed Buddha heads which have also had an antique finish to them creating that aged look. Ive combined these with top grade semi precious stones and Earth minerals and a few Mala bead inspirations such as genuine Indian Sandalwood and polished Lotus Seeds. The designs look really classy, feel solid to wear and have a great energy.

You can see all these and more bracelets for men and women at my Merkaba Warrior shop on Etsy, just click the banner or links and the bottom of this post.
Enjoy,
Ivan ॐ

Mens Silver Buddha Head Bracelet - Black Moonstone

Mens Buddha Head Bracelet with a Silver plated Buddha head bead and Norwegian Black Moonstone. The stone is blue grey and black with a subtle iridescence. Worn for enhancing psychic awareness, intuition and protection.


Mens Bronze Buddha Head Bracelet - Mahogany Obsidian

Mens Buddha Head Bracelet with Mahogany Obsidian, Bronze Buddha head bead and a single Sandalwood Mala or Japa bead. A volcanic rich earthy brown and black stone with a calming woody aroma. Worn for overcoming obstacles, inner strength and a calm positive mind.


Mens Gold Buddha Head Bracelet - Black Lava Rock 

Mens Buddha Head Bracelet with Black Lava Rock, a Gold plated Buddha head bead and a single burnt red Lotus Seed mala bead. A powerful statement piece with soul. Worn for grounding, protection and rising above obstacles.


Mens Bronze Buddha Bracelet with Bloodstone and Radraksha Seed


This Buddha Head Bracelet is made with Bloodstone and an antique bronze finished Buddha head. The bracelet also features a single Radraksha seed mala bead from the Himalayas. This design is very healing and is also worn for protection.
Try layering them with other Buddha head bracelets or combining them with other yoga bracelets and mala inspired designs to complete the look. They also look great when worn in multiples. To see these and other bracelets in more detail please visit my shop on Etsy, click on the Merkaba Warrior banner or links below.






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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Mens Winter Fashion Tips Style Guide 2011 - 2012 Red and Black Bracelets for men

Bracelets are not just for summer, you can really complete a look with a single well chosen item of jewellery.  If your going smart or out for the evening, stick to one item, black is always good also Silver jewellery. During the day or for a more relaxed casual look, you can layer multiple bracelets together.

Heres a cool way to wear colours during the winter, there isnt really some magical place which a shadowy council decides what colours are in season, though I think one of my old art tutors did tell us that... Seasonal fashion actually follows the 'seasons' so colours associated with that time of year and by that I mean the colours of nature and some traditional festivals. So winter is really about darker colours in general or colours paired with black and greys. Winter isnt just about black though, its also associated with fire colours, warm browns, reds and gold.

The following are some ideas suggested items of jewellery ive created for my Merkaba Warrior mens range which work very well in the Winter. Try combining black with a touch of red for a bold and warmer look. Look out for burnt reds, oranges and red brown tones to mix with black or greys.

You can see all these and more at my Merkaba Warriot shop on Etsy, I ship worldwide. Just click the banner or links at the bottom of this blog post.

Enjoy,
Ivan ॐ


Merkaba Warrior Bracelets - Mahogany Obsidian, Bronzite and Lava Rock.
Bronze and Gold plated buddha head beads and sandalwood.


Merkaba Warrior Bracelet - Black Lava Rock and Dragons Eye focal bead
held in genuine Silver.

Merkaba Warrior Bracelet - Red Jasper with Black Sandalwood and real Silver accent


Merkaba Warrior Bracelet - Black Lava Rock, Gold plated Buddha Head Bead
with a single Red Lotus Seed bead




Mens Red and Black Bracelet Stack, Lava Rock, Red Jasper, Dragons Eye




Merkaba Warrior Bracelet - Black Stone, Oxidized Silver and blood red Garnets.


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Friday, 4 November 2011

Mens Beaded Bracelets - Jewelry for Men with Real Stones and Mala beads

Ive been busy working on the latest designs for the Merkaba Warrior mens range of bracelets. Ive added quite alot of high quality Mens Beaded Bracelets in the last few weeks, if you havent stopped by in a while. Here are some of my latest designs and personal favourites to check out.


My Current Inspirations & Development

Im always inspired by Prayer Beads and Mala Beads and try to incorporate them into many of my designs. Ive been using some new Buddha head beads, mixing natural stones with specialist wood beads and finding more handmade artesan created real Silver beads and charms. Ive been working alot with alot of black, both matte and polished semi precious stone, but have started adding other colours lately. I will continue to expand the range to give more options for combining and layering my bracelets.

You can see all these and more at my Merkaba Warriot shop on Etsy, I ship worldwide. Just click the banner or links at the bottom of this blog post.

Enjoy,
Ivan ॐ

Mens Beaded Bracelet Stack - Matte Black and Silver

From the top - The Merkaba Warrior Signature Piece made with matte Black Stone, Hematite, faceted Onyx, Norwegian Black Moonstone and handmade genuine Silver cuff bead. Black Lava Rock and handmade genuine Silver Om charm. Double wrapped with matte Black Stone, polished Garnets and a handmade genuine oxidised Silver bead.


Mens Bracelet - Red Jasper and Black Sandalwood

New design combining high quality Red Jasper, Black Sandalwood Mala beads and a small handmade genuine oxidised Silver bead. A bold and masculine design.



Mens Beaded Bracelet - Lava Rock and Dragons Eye

Ive used Black Lava Rock and a single top grade polished Dragons Eye focal bead (Red Tigers Eye) held in geuinine Silver. A rustic piece with plenty of fire.



Mens Charm Bracelet - Serpentine and Hematite

New design made from Russian Serpentine and a single Hematite accent bead with a rustic Silver plated Om Charm. An Earthy and unique piece.



Mens Mala Style Buddha Bracelet Stack

From the Top - Mahogany Obsidian, Indian Sandalwood and Bronze Buddha head bead. Bronzite with an engraved Sandalwood Mala bead focal. Black Lava Rock, red Lotus Seed Mala bead and a Gold plated Buddha head bead bead.


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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Crystals for Protection from Psychic Vampires

There are many ways you can protect yourself from Psychic or Energy Vampires, but this article will deal specificly with how you can use crystals to protect and shield yourself. Perhaps not such a rare event, psychic vampirism as its come to be known is surprisingly common.

The most common signs are feeling very tired, drained and almost numb when you are around these people, or have interacted with them.

The following is a list I have compiled by my own experience with using crystals over the years and what the stones have communicated with me. You can use the crystals and stones in different ways, gridding your home or your bedroom, carrying them with you in your pocket or bag or wearing them as a pendant or bracelet.

Gem essences can also be created and sprayed into the aura or around your home, you can also incorporate the stones into a ceremony or spell for protection.

Tip: Try combining different crystals and mixing with other protective stones for a powerful combination which works on shielding at many different levels.

So are you ready to get steaking? ;)


Aqua Aura
Quartz Crystal bonded with Gold, creating a blue green stone. This crystal blocks Psychic Vampires from easily attaching their cords or tendrils (Yes a little creepy...) into your aura. Gold is a high vibration solar metal which seems to jangle their energy to much, its just to much for them to handle or makes your energy 'taste funny'.  Aqua Aura is basicly the garlic of the Mineral Kingdom! ;)




Garnet
All forms of deep or dark red varieties of Garnet will work well. As well as being naturally protective Garnet emits life force energy. What it seems to do is act like a decoy, Psychic Vampires will actually end up pulling energy from the crystal and not you! Vampires if your reading this, wear this stone, it wont run out of energy.




Citrine
Natural Citrine works best and is generally not bright yellow in colour. Citine works by lifting seemingly overpowering energies from your energy field. Its flow of golden energies releases those who are attaching themselves to your aura and makes it very hard for them to reconnect again.




Spectrolite
Real Spectrolite is from Finland and is not grey like common Labrodorite. Help builds a powerful shield around you, Spectrolite seals holes or tears in the auric field which may have been caused by energy vamping. This stone is also good for spotting deceptive people, especially those who do funny things with energy.




Onyx
This jet black crystal seems to confound and confuse hungry Psychic Vampires. It makes it very hard for them to plug into your aura and shields you from all types of negative attacks. It is also very potent once it has been faceted, creating a geometric barrier or device which breaks up harmful energies.





I hope this helps you,
Ivan
Other Helpful Articles and Further Reading:

FREE E-book - Discover Your Guardian Stone


Crystals and Stones for Protection

Vampires - The Occult Truth (Llewellyn truth about series)



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Thursday, 6 October 2011

Crystals Can Keep Depression Away - Medical Research on Crystals and Depression

A Lemurian Seed Crystal Wire Wrapped Pendant I created
Sharing this short article on the powerful effects of Quartz crystal on those who suffer from depression:


Crystals can keep depression away. That's no secret to those of us who use crystals every day, but it's always nice when medical studies support our experiences.

A study by world-renown doctor, Dr. Norman Shealy, shows that the use of crystals can have a huge impact on keeping depression away. Dr. Shealy conducted a wonderful study where he gave Quartz crystals to depression patients who had improved using his program. He gave the patients in the control group a piece of glass instead of a quartz crystal. The study was double-blind so the patients did not know they were receiving glass instead of a Quartz crystal and the nurses distributing the crystals also did not know they were handing out glass to patients.

All patients were asked to wear their "crystals" around their neck for three months. Three months later, with no further treatment (not even anti-depressants), 70% of the patients who received the Quartz crystal remained out of depression. In stark contrast, only 28% of the patients who received glass remained out of depression.

This study shows what a wonderful tool crystals can be for increasing emotional health. Crystals can bring emotional stability and increase happiness, while absorbing the negative energy and negative emotions in your system. This results in greater emotional balance and an increase in overall well-being since the connection between mental and physical health is now well-documented. Hopefully more doctors will follow suit and conduct more studies on the amazing results of crystal healing.

*For more information on the study please see Dr. Normal Shealy's book, "Life Beyond 100: Secrets of the Fountain of Youth." Dr. Shealy is a reputable doctor and leading source on pain management who has acted as a consultant to many, including President Kennedy and Eisenhower's personal doctors. He graduated from Duke University Medical School and received a Ph.D. from Saybrook Institute. He is the founding president of American Holistic Medical Association and is Board Certified in Neurosurgery, Holistic Medicine, and Medical Psychotherapy. Most notable are Shealy's results in over 30,000 patients with chronic pain and depression that he has treated- he has a success rate of 85%.

Source: EzineArticles.com


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